Please remember to fill in our survey

Last wednesday we sent you our survey about the BENG!XX tournament. We will use the results of that survey to improve our organisation and to make BENG!XXI even better. Up to now we are very happy with the large response but we would like more people to tell us their opinion about our great tournament. So if you did not complete that survey, please do so now!

You can find the survey through this link.

The SNJF Media team

Mariska Waanders (video), Bob Lefevere (photo) en Carolina Spekkers (photo)

The people carrying the cameras during the BENG! event are part of the SNJF Media team. They make the massive amount of photos and videos (In total about 180 GB of material!) that we will provide to our guests, and from which, for example, the aftermovie is made of.

These photos can be accessed through our photo website.

Click here for our photo website

These photos are free to download however: You are not allowed to remove the logo without our permission.

The aftermovie can be seen here:

RD15 – BENG Day 3

Michel and Marvin during warming-up. Click on the picture to see all photos (224)

It is done, the last day of BENGXX has passed.
Looking at the enormous feedback we had through Facebook and other channels we think BENGXX was a successful project. Next week, we will evaluate this weekend, and somewhere in August we will start all over for BENGXXI which will take place on

April 12 – 14, 2019

We still owe you an aftermovie and we will send you a small survey and after that, we will switch off those pesky emails.. Until we will start inviting you for BENGXXI!

RD14 – BENGXX Day 2

Participants during the welcome ceremony. Click the picture for the full gallery by Bob Lefevere and Carolina Spekkers.

Since a large number of judoka entered with a completely wrong weight (as in: We do not mind a kilo difference, but 25?) Tournament Control was forced to completely rewrite each and every poule in the morning. This led to a delay of about 30 minutes, but we got rid of that during the day.
We have seen beautiful matches, and the experiment with a ne-waza judoka in the level 1 group was (according to SNJF) successful.
The kata tournament was another great success of today. We saw many beautiful kata, and there is a marked progress in some couples.

Tomorrow promises to be a spectacle. 8 tatami with about 500 judoka! The Red Army (our volunteers in the red t-shirts) are ready to make all this happen.

See you tomorrow!

RD13 – BENGXX Day One

Pictures of the first day. Click the picture for the full gallery.

Day 1 was reserved for a divisioning workshop and the procedures around this. Main goal of the divisioning exercise is to ensure safety- we definitely do not want a level 4 to end up in a poule with level 1 judoka, as the results can be disastrous. During the twenty years that this tournament exists, our participants never suffered a major injury, and we intend to keep it that way. Over 130 judoka reported for this workshop en from 15:00 until about 17:00 the participants were checked out on the correct level.
After this, referees and coaches moved to a meeting room, where James Mulroy and Jenny Koster discussed the various rules in Special Needs Judo with the audience.

Tomorrow will be a long day. We cannot say this enough: Please, please be on time for your transport!

The #BENGXX Instagram feed!

Wonderful response to our call to use the #BENGXX Instagram hashtag! Please find the pictures below, and keep going people!

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Brazilians and Japanese judoka visiting SNJF/BeterJudo

Group picture.. click it to see the gallery.

Today, SNJF/BeterJudo was visited by sensei Yamasaki and Kazuya, and also by the complete Brazilian Judo team. The Brazilians arrived yesterday and were guided through Amsterdam today by some of our volunteers, but the Japanese gentlemen came straight from the airport into our dojo. Cheers for these men, after an 11-hour flight straight to the tatami!

Poules for BENG!XX

The applications are all in, and we needed some time to compile the poules. On this page, you can download the poulesheets.
If you have any remarks, then please mail these to However if you object to one of your judoka being placed in a certain poule then please be so kind as to suggest an alternative (*).
You can do this until Wednesday the 11th of April.

(*) Obvously, you can only suggest alternatives for your own judoka!

Poule sheets

Special Needs World Judo Games
Special Needs World Judo Games KATA
Ben van der Eng Memorial morning session
Ben van der Eng Memorial afternoon session

Our divisioning guidelines can be found HERE.

The schedule is complete

This is the schedule for BENG!XX as we can now present it. However anything can happen, and of course we will keep everybody up to date on developments.


Friday evening april 13th 2018
15:00 – 17:00 Divisioning workshop (English spoken)

We invite all our judoka and coaches present in NL to attend this workshop, especially the judoka that did not participate in our tournament before, as we will do their actual divisioning during this workshop. Please wear your Gi, it is very interactive!

17:00 – 18:00 Referee, Rules and Regulations seminar (English spoken)
17:00 – 18:00 Weigh-in for judoka already present
Saturday april 14th 2018
08:00 Venue opens
08:00 – 08:30 Weigh-in for remaining judoka
09:00 – 12:00 Special Needs World Judo Games 2018
Levels 1-3
13:00 – 17:00 SNWJG Kata Tournament
17:00 – 18:00 Coach workshop (Come in Gi!)
20:00 – 23:00 Party in Assumburg Castle
Sunday april 15th 2018
08:00 Venue opens
09:00 – 12:30 Ben van der Eng Memorial, morning session
Levels 1-5, judoka under 16yrs
12:30 – 13:30 Intermission, with the ladies band 3eigenwijs!
13:30 – 17:30 Ben van der Eng Memorial, afternoon session
Levels 1-5, judoka 16yrs and older
On Saturday, people who do not participate in the contest can be transported by one of our shuttles to the Beverwijk Bazaar (link in Dutch) where you can have fun and maybe score some cheap bargains! The trip costs 2 Euros vice versa, to be paid to the driver.Pickup will take place at about 17:00 in an agreed spot.

Come to the Special Needs World Judo Games!

The registration for Beverwijk 2018 is open! You can see the information and sign-up pages HERE. The great tournament takes place on april 14 and 15, 2018, in three parts:

  • Referee and Rules seminar (13/4)
  • The Special Needs World Judo Games, the top tournament for levels 1, 2 and 3 (14/4)
  • The SNWJG Kata tournament (14/4)
  • The great Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament for all levels (15/4)

As always, surrounded by music, seminars and fun!

See you in Beverwijk!

Please request your visa NOW

The enrollment for the SNWJG tournament is in full swing! We have applications from all over the world, and unfortunately the Dutch Government requires visa for some countries.
Due to the long time necessary to request a visa, we urge all our foreign guests to:

  1. Check whether you need a visa to come to the Netherlands. The list of countries is can be found HERE.
  2. Request a visa as soon as possible. You can use THIS link to do this.

Please note that a visa request can take up to 60 days!
General information can be found through THIS link.

If necessary, SNJF can issue an official invitation for the tournament. Go to THIS page to read about what we can and cannot do.

Assumburg Castle is FULL: Alternative locations

Our promotion for Assumburg Castle as a sleeping venue was very successful, so much that the hotel is now FULLY BOOKED. If you come with a small amount of people you may still be able to get a reservation but if you don’t, underneath is a list of hotels nearby.
If you wish to search for a hotel or B&B yourself, then please limit yourself to the following cities:
– Beverwijk
– IJmuiden
– Wijk aan Zee
– Velsen
– Heemskerk

Hotels close to the Sports Venue “De Walvis”

Hotel Marquette Heemskerk
Fletcher Hotel Spaarnwoude
Landgoed Duin en Kruidberg
Hotel Augusta
Puur Zee/Hotel-villa De Klughte
Hotel Weijman
Hotel Mare Sanat
Strandhotel het Hoge Duin
Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Zeeduin
Hotel Prinsenhof IJmuiden